Trendy indoor plants

Indoor plants always create a great atmosphere in the house. Whether they are green house plants or flowering house plants, they make every room radiant. Bakker.com has lined up the trendiest plants so you are always in the know about the latest plant trends. We also feature the indoor plants with special properties, such as air-purifying plants or plants that require little care.

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Trendy indoor plants

Air-purifying plants

Plants are good for your health, but air-purifying plants are even better. These plants improve the climate in your home by converting toxic particles into oxygen and humidifying the air. Well-known air-purifying plants include Monsteras, ivy, ferns and some palms.  Research by NASA Clear Air demonstrated that one air-purifying plant per 10 m2 efficiently cleans the air (pot size 15/20 cm). It's not just homes that benefit from these leafy wonders - air-purifying plants can be a welcome addition to any interior, such as offices or schools.

The perfect care for houseplants

We are crazy about houseplants and that's why we need to look after them properly. Caring for our favourite plants starts before we even buy them. Many houseplants love light. However, full sun is often too intense for a plant. That's why when we purchase a plant, we pay close attention to the amount of light the plant will have. Also, many houseplants would rather not be dry and warm, so a spot above the radiator is not ideal. Not only do we choose the perfect spot for the plant, we also make sure it's a space we like as well. It goes without saying that we want to enjoy our houseplants for as long as possible. To do this, sufficient light and water are needed. We water the plant once a week, if the soil is dry. In the winter, plants can go two weeks without water and in the summer, on hot days, they may need watering once every few days. Make sure there isn't a layer of water left in the pot because this can drown the plant. Fresh soil contains approximately about 60 days of food. After this period, we add fertiliser to strengthen the plant's immune system. The plant only needs fertiliser during its period of growth and blooming. Bakker.com has a large assortment of products to help with house plant care, so you can properly look after your houseplants.

Repotting houseplants

We enjoy our lovely houseplants in their decorative pots every day. However, these plants can outgrow their surroundings. That's when it's time to repot them. This often needs doing every spring with plants that grow rapidly. Plants that grow more slowly can be repotted once every two or three years. When repotting a houseplant, we first get a decorative pot that is at least one pot size bigger. Sometimes it's even a good idea to use a pot that is twice as big because houseplants generally like space. We fill the flower pot with a large pot shard so no soil can escape through the hole in the bottom of the pot. We then put pot shards or hydro grains on top to maintain water flow. We also make sure the hole in the inner pot is not sealed up. If water can't drain out of the pot, the plant may drown or the roots may rot. Then we fill the flower pot with fresh potting soil. We use special potting soil for houseplants so they can thrive. Then we put the houseplant with its root ball into the new pot. Finally, we top off the potting soil and water the plant if necessary.

Taking cuttings from houseplants

Spring is the best time to take cuttings from our houseplants. As soon as a small plant starts to grow from the main plant, we can get started. Cuttings grow from offshoots. We cut off these offshoots with a sharp clean knife to prevent disease and cutting injuries. Before we remove the cutting, we clear the soil away from the roots around the cutting. That way we won't accidentally cut off healthy roots. Do this when the soil is dry. Then we remove the cutting where it joins the mother plant. If the cutting has plenty roots, it can be planted straight into a pot. If it doesn't have enough roots, then we allow the roots to grow for a bit in a glass of tap water. We can often plant it in a pot after a week or two.
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